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Coliseum plan could spice Rangers-Islanders rivalry

The Islanders' Jack Hillen fights the Rangers' Brandon

The Islanders' Jack Hillen fights the Rangers' Brandon Dubinsky during a game late this season. (Mar. 31, 2011) Photo Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

Nassau County executive Ed Mangano is holding an 11 a.m. press conference Wednesday at the Coliseum on a plan to build a sports and entertainment "destination", presumably funded by a multi-million dollar bond referendum. The plan was suggested in his state of the county speech, and may also include a minor-league ballpark nearby and an Indian casino at Belmont Park.

Isles owner Charles Wang will be there, so it's safe to assume the complex would include a new rink, but not the all of the sprawling Lighthouse/housing elements that Wang sought but was denied.

The development, if funded, would take years to finish, but it's a very good sign that the Islanders will not be moved. Imagine that: A new Garden and a new rink for the Isles this decade.

Newsday and newsday. com will have much more on this down the road...

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